Well, a happy father’s day to all the dads! While we were in complete transit mode most of the day, we did make sure to let TFred know he was loved and appreciated. We also told him that the Hawai’i trip was just for him, even though he planned it all. It’s more of a running joke in the family.
After a 4am wake-up, a 6am flight, breakfast in San Francisco, and another 8:40 flight, we finally arrived in Kailua-Kona. The weather has been mildly warm (highs of mid-80’s and lows of mid-70’s) and a tad bit humid. It’s not nearly as humid as it was a few years back in Costa Rica, and certainly not as humid in either Barcelona or New Orleans.
Once we picked up our baggage, which was Fuelling-strategically packed ;), we set off to explore one side of Kona. I found it really neat to drive through the section of town where the World Championship Ironman sets off. Surprisingly, it is a lot smaller than I had imagined and would be curious to know how the town transforms to accommodate so many athletes and spectators.
At this point, we had been up for a good while and were ready for lunch. Breakfast hadn’t really been too exciting, hence why I haven’t really given it a significant portion of the blog. The key meal for the day was at the Kona Brewery.
Like the rest of Kona, it is located in a semi-industrial area, so it can be somewhat difficult to spot from the road. In addition to the sit-down restaurant, there is a little hut to order freshly brewed beer to go, as well as daily tours of the local brewery itself. Not that I am a beer expert or planning to become a brewmaster, but it would be a neat experience to compare against my trip to the Heineken Factory in Amsterdam.
The last time we had visited the Big Island, we made a trip to the brewery for dinner. It happened to be the first day we had arrived and were all in sort of a funk from the traveling. The pizza we ordered was delicious and now testing the brewery for lunch would serve as a new experience.
Because I am 21, I was able to jump in and split the “Kona Sampler” with my mom: a selection of 4 of the Kona premium beers manufactured right on site. Everyone has probably heard of the Longboard Lager, but it was neat to explore some of the lesser known brews unique to the island.
Big Wave Golden Ale, Longboard Island Lager, Wailua Wheat, Fire Rock Pale Ale
I have to say, I enjoyed the fruitier makes and my mom liked the darker brews. As for food, there was somewhat of a sharing system occurring. Well, not really. It consisted of a few people ordering and then picking off of each other’s plates to “sample.” My mom ordered the Black Sand Porter BBQ Chicken Sandwich (BBQ, Canadian bacon, roasted red peppers, red onions, cheddar cheese), I had the Mauna Loa Spinach Salad (spinach, toasted mac nuts, chevre cheese, tomatoes, & sweet onions), and my dad and Meghan split a pizza with pepperoni and sausage (classic Fuelling). Overall, we truly enjoyed our meal and I’d say there isn’t a way to go wrong at Kona Brewery.
My family can be very predictable sometimes. It’s not a bad thing, I just happen to find it hilarious. For example, if we are in a restaurant and are able to treat ourselves to a dessert, somehow a suggestion to split the LavaCake (a molten chocolate cake with fudge and a scoop of vanilla ice cream) will come up. Pizza? Normally topped with pepperoni and sausage. Hors d’oeurves? Try cheese (usually cheddar but we have been able to mix in some jack/cheddar), salami, and Carr’s crackers. When we eat out, the salad appetizer is almost always Caesar, unless someone throws a fit or we order two. You get the picture and I’m sure every family has their little quirks, just like us.
After lunch, we stopped by a local grocery market to pick up snacks and breakfast items, a wet-shirt for Meghan, and then went to check into the Hapuna Prince Hotel. Who knew there could be so many different combinations of macadamia nuts? The Hawaiians sure explore every option!
After a bit more exploring of the property, we sat down in the room for a hors d’oeurve dinner. Remember I told you how predictable we could be? Well, this is no exception. The only thing I’d have to say is that we got away with a Fuji apple instead of a granny smith. 🙂
The rest of the afternoon we rested, swam in the ocean and pool, and read our books. It was absolutely delightful, since for the last three months +, we have all been constantly on the go.
Fun Fact: The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.